Former Stoke City and FC Porto defender targets return to the Netherlands national team ahead of Euro 2024

AZ Alkmaar defender Bruno Martins Indi is hoping to catch the attention of Netherlands national team head coach Ronald Koeman. According to Voetbal International, the 31-year-old former Stoke City and FC Porto player is hoping to make his way back into the Netherlands squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships in Germany.

Martins Indi missed almost all of last season due to a serious thigh injury, but thankfully the Portuguese-born centre-back is back in action for AZ. The former Feyenoord defender has made several appearances as a substitute this season and feels ready to start games again. ‘I have clear goals in mind. I want to regain my starting position at AZ and continue to develop myself as a player and contribute to AZ’s ambitions and to bring the Champions League back to Alkmaar,’ Bruno Martins Indi told VI.

‘Before I got injured, I was working towards the World Cup in Qatar. It was expected that I would make the selection. That is something I will work towards again.’ Martins Indi made 36 appearances for the Netherlands before his issues with injuries. Now, he wants to impress Ronald Koeman. ‘I have expressed high ambitions throughout my career. That has not changed because of this injury. The European Championships in Germany would be a great reward. Also because it would mean that I have at least reached my old level again at AZ.

Bruno Martins Indi kicked off his professional career with Feyenoord in 2010. He featured 114 times for the club before joining FC Porto. The next club added to his CV was Stoke City, who paid nearly €8m for the defender following an initial loan spell. After making 137 appearances for the Potters, 52 of them coming in the Premier League, Bruno Martins Indi returned to the Netherlands. Now, his eyes are set on a return to the national team.

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